A Day In The Life of Amy Zhang, author of Falling Into Place – Blog Tour

2nd Sep 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Blog Tours, Giveaways

A Day In The Life of Amy Zhang, author of Falling Into Place – Blog Tour

A Day In The Life of Amy Zhang, author of Falling Into Place – Blog TourFalling into Place by Amy Zhang
Published by Greenwillow Books on September 9th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Blog Tour
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On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road. 

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.

HAPPY TUESDAY!! Every wonder what a day in the life of an author is like? Amy Zhang is here to educate you on just that. Thank you, Amy!


A Day In The Life

This is a simple break down of your day. You can do it by listing it off by hour, half hour, minute…jump around! Feel free to make it as long as you like, but try to go from getting out of bed to getting back in – even if you have to leave gaps open in it…


8 AM: wake up. Check email. Groan. Tell myself that I can sleep for another five minutes.

9 AM: “Well, crap. That wasn’t five minutes.” Briefly consider sleeping for another five minutes. Check email again. Check Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Play a little 2048 to “wake my brain up.”

9:30 AM: drag myself out of bed, go downstairs to make tea and toast. Trudge back to my room, look over what I wrote yesterday. Head, meet desk. Mutter variations of, “Oh, God, this is all terrible, I should delete this whole thing, I should quit.” Bemoan existence.

10 AM: “I should check Tumblr again.” Check Tumblr. Check email. Check Instagram. Check Twitter. Check Facebook. Spend an ungodly amount of time on Pinterest.

11 AM: Is it time for lunch yet? No? Whatever, second breakfast then. Go downstairs, make tea, toast a bagel. Realize that I don’t actually like bagels. Drag myself back upstairs with a pack of crackers that I will probably decide I don’t want as soon as I get to the top of the stairs.

12 PM: I might actually be awake now. Time for actual work. Check college email. Sees a new survey, consider doing it, but ultimately convince myself that I’ll do it tomorrow (hahaha LIES). Check various other emails. Post a picture to Instagram, along with a quote from Falling Into Place for #100daysofFiP. Look at clock. Freak out—how the heck has it been an hour already?

1 PM: Settle down to write. Unlock phone to disable wi-fi and open my No Distraction app, but I’ll inevitably get distracted before I get that far. Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc. Ooooh, new items on Modcloth! Hunter boots on sale! Daily poor financial decision—check.



4 PM: Get a text. Response: “No, I’m not busy! Let’s go get coffee/go to the beach/make more poor decisions!

6 PM: “HOLY CRAP WHERE DID THE DAY GO?” Hurriedly play piano, eat dinner. Keep an eye on the clock. Cry.

7 PM: Finally coax myself into my writing arrangement: Write-or-Die for 750 words per 30 minutes, one Ghirardelli sea salt & almond Mini per 1,000 words, bathroom breaks per 2,000. Wi-fi is disabled, concentration app is on. Writing finally commences.

12 AM: Untangle self from chair, stumble to the bathroom. Shower, get into bed. Grab laptop. “Oh, sure, I have enough time for another thousand words.”

1 AM: “Huh, that went pretty fast. I’m on a roll! This book is going to be fantastic! I’m brilliant!”

2 AM: document word count for the day. Pass out.

This. Sounds. Perfect. WANT. :D


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Tour Schedule

September 2nd:
Scott Reads It – REVIEW
September 3rd:
Fire and Ice – SPOTLIGHT
September 4th:
Swoony Boys Podcast – REVIEW
September 5th:
Such A Novel Idea – REVIEW
September 8th:
Once Upon A Twilight: MUSIC PLAYLIST
September 9th:
Fiktshun – REVIEW
September 10th:
My Book Addiction – REVIEW
September 11th:
Chapter by Chapter – REVIEW
September 12th:
Fictitious Delicious – REVIEW



About Amy Zhang

Amy Zhang

Amy Zhang used to have lots of imaginary friends. When people told her to grow up, she turned her imaginary friends into characters and started telling their stories. When she isn’t writing, she can be found playing piano, hitting balls on the tennis court, or struggling through her weekly existential crisis. She lives in Wisconsin with her family.

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Guest Post: The Meeting by Isabel Gillies, author of Starry Night + Giveaway!

31st Aug 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Blog Tours, Giveaways, Guest Posts

Guest Post: The Meeting by Isabel Gillies, author of Starry Night + Giveaway!

Guest Post: The Meeting by Isabel Gillies, author of Starry Night + Giveaway!Starry Night by Isabel Gillies
Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux BfYR on September 2nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
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Sometimes one night can change everything. On this particular night, Wren and her three best friends are attending a black-tie party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of a major exhibit curated by her father. An enormous wind blasts through the city, making everyone feel that something unexpected and perhaps wonderful will happen. And for Wren, that something wonderful is Nolan. With his root-beer-brown Michelangelo eyes, Nolan changes the way Wren’s heart beats. In Isabel Gillies's Starry Night, suddenly everything is different. Nothing makes sense except for this boy. What happens to your life when everything changes, even your heart? How much do you give up? How much do you keep?

Today I’m very happy to share with you a guest post from Isabel Gillies as of the Starry Night Blog Tour! Welcome, Isabel!


I know I am supposed to be writing about love and paintings in the days just before my book about love and paintings comes out, but what’s on my mind are meetings. And I mean like seemingly boring, wonky meetings – like PTA meetings. I have heard my whole life that you should write about what interests you. It’s not that love doesn’t interest me, quite the opposite, I’m obsessed and have been since I slept with the Sean Cassidy record under my pillow, it’s just that I have something else on my brain today.

This summer I have been involved with a number of issues in my community. One of them is ticks. On the island in Maine where my parents live all year, and I live in the summer, we are having a health crisis of sorts. It’s happening all over the country. People are getting Lyme Disease, and other tick-born illnesses from these darn ticks that use deer as breeding grounds. IT’S A MASSIVE PROBLEM! I will not go into it because it’s so big, and complex and if you are not as deep-in as I am, I guess it’s sort of inside baseball, but I will say everyone is having a hard time figuring out what to do – and we have a lot of meetings about it, and they are sooo interesting. It’s not what we are talking about that is so fascinating, it’s what happens with the people.

Here’s why I am now crazy in love with meetings: Communication! I am in awe of what gets done when people gather around a table and talk and listen. We think, or maybe I think, because we have worlds of information at our fingertips with the internet, and because we can reach someone in seconds with a text, that we are all set, no need to actually see each other to get to the bottom of a problem. It’s my experience this summer that all that is hooey! We must gather, face to face and hash out the idea and concerns of the day.

I would love to know if there is any science behind the meeting. If you think of ancient history, people gathered around the fire to figure out how to get the illusive buffalo, or solve a crisis because of drought, right? It’s King Arthur and the Round Table. That table is where they planed the battles. I’m certainly not the first person to say it’s important to assemble, it’s just that since I don’t work in an office and I haven’t been in school in a while, I have forgotten how amazing it is to be a part of a group trying to come to a solution or brain storm. It’s like watching growth. You start with a problem. People think, throw out ideas – time passes – the idea goes away, and then magically turns up again, but maybe this time a different person puts it forward, it’s slightly changed, better maybe, eye brows raise, people say, “Hey – that could be really cool and might work!” And before you know it everyone has agreed and is high five-ing and feeling satisfied that whatever needed to get done, will.

I am leaving these meetings feeling kind of in love. I think the reason for that is, at its essence, being in love is the communication of feelings. Two people bouncing off each other, mingling and connecting. Now, I don’t want to hold hands and make out in the movie theater with the people I’m in the meeting with, but I do feel close to them, closer than before we met. That is community man, and I dig it.
Thank you, Isabel!


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About Isabel Gillies

Isabel Gillies

Isabel Gillies, a lifelong New Yorker and actress for many years, is the New York Times best selling author of Happens Every Day, A Year and Six Seconds and the upcoming Starry Night (FSG), a young adult novel about first love. Her work has been published in Vogue, The New York Times, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan and Saveur. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, kids and Maude the dog.

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Only with You by Lauren Layne + Giveaway!

30th Jul 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Giveaways, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Only with You by Lauren Layne + Giveaway!Only with You by Lauren Layne
Series: The Best Mistake #1
Published by Forever on July 29th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 260
Format: eARC
Source: Blog Tour
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4 Stars
Love is the Biggest Gamble of All...

Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn't exactly have a life plan. She's perfectly happy being everyone's favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it's time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover.

Yet what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn't take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he's been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing...


First thing I want to mention about Only with You by Lauren Layne is the amount of laughter it brought into my life. I swear I giggled through most of it but I straight up busted out laughing out loud at other times. It was just a delight!

As if getting mistaken for a prostitute (and turned down!) isn’t bad enough, having that same man show up at your parents house for family dinner as your sister’s date might completely kill you. Sophie was sweet, if a bit lost in life. She rolls with the punches and tries to make the best out of situations. Of course, her new boss, and said man who confused her for a prostitute, makes it a little tougher for her. Gray certainly doesn’t get Sophie, sometimes he seems to straight up hate her, but he sure is attracted to her! Their little back and forth digs at each other made for a really entertaining read. They had great chemistry and tension together. And once Gray lets his guard down and opens up he’s just lovely. *happy sigh*

Also!! Sophie has the best guy friend who is a bit of a player and is totally hilarious. I don’t think Lauren Layne was trying to hide where that story line was going, but it must be said that I called it pretty early on. But it was only the beginning and I CANNOT wait to see how everything unfolds in the next book. After Sophie and Gray stop fighting one another’s attractions things get pretty hot and heavy fast.

I thought the end was emotional and the epilogue ended this story on a fun and sweet note. Overall a great fun read!


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How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer + Giveaway!

2nd Jul 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Giveaways, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer + Giveaway!How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer
Published by St. Martin's on July 1st 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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4.5 Stars
Lydia Netzer, the award-winning author of Shine Shine Shine, weaves a mind-bending, heart-shattering love story that asks, “Can true love exist if it’s been planned from birth?”

Like a jewel shimmering in a Midwest skyline, the Toledo Institute of Astronomy is the nation's premier center of astronomical discovery and a beacon of scientific learning for astronomers far and wide. Here, dreamy cosmologist George Dermont mines the stars to prove the existence of God. Here, Irene Sparks, an unsentimental scientist, creates black holes in captivity.

George and Irene are on a collision course with love, destiny and fate. They have everything in common: both are ambitious, both passionate about science, both lonely and yearning for connection. The air seems to hum when they’re together. But George and Irene’s attraction was not written in the stars. In fact their mothers, friends since childhood, raised them separately to become each other's soulmates.

When that long-secret plan triggers unintended consequences, the two astronomers must discover the truth about their destinies, and unravel the mystery of what Toledo holds for them—together or, perhaps, apart.

Lydia Netzer combines a gift for character and big-hearted storytelling, with a sure hand for science and a vision of a city transformed by its unique celestial position, exploring the conflicts of fate and determinism, and asking how much of life is under our control and what is pre-ordained in the heavens.


How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer is one of the most quirky, wonderful books I’ve read. The magical realism story mixes beautiful writing with fun loving characters who you’ll definitely root for. Also, science! Never thought I’d find science that interesting, but Lydia Netzer makes it so.

Imagine being planned, created, then bred for another person. George and Irene were created for one another, but their story goes a little awry along the way and you’ll just be hoping and wishing they work out. The scene where George sees Irene for “the first time” made me smile and giggle SO HARD! Those two had that effect on me a lot in this book.

Their mothers were a different story though. They caused my heart several twinges of pain throughout the story. It was heartbreaking, but I loved being able to see how this plan was hatched. The glimpses into their past gave the story a solid foundation and even made me wonder if a lot of the things they did could be real.

Also!! This book made me feel like I was watching a Woody Allen movie in my head. It reminded me of Mighty Aphrodite, with all the Greek gods appearing everywhere. :)

I can already tell this book will make an appearance on my End of Year post, and I can guarantee I’ll be recommending it A LOT! I think people who like Sarah Addison Allen’s books should definitely try Lydia Netzer. I can’t wait for you guys to experience this little gem!


Want to see what the knitted black holes look like?? Check out THIS POST on Lydia’s blog that includes a video! They’re ADORABLE!

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Check out these videos of Lydia Netzer discussing How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky!


Audiobook Sample!

I know some of my friends do love their audiobooks, so if it will help you pick this up sooner, do it on audio!





About Lydia Netzer

Lydia Netzer

Lydia Netzer lives in Virginia with her two children and husband.

Her first novel, Shine Shine Shine, was published by St. Martin’s Press. It’s an IndieNext Pick, a SIBA Okra Pick, a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, Amazon’s Spotlight Book in Best Books of July 2012, a People’s Pick in People Magazine, and a NYT Notable Book.

Her new novel, How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in July 2014.

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Hope at Dawn by Stacy Henrie – Her Top 5 War Movies + Giveaway!

30th Jun 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Blog Tours, Giveaways, Guest Posts

Hope at Dawn by Stacy Henrie – Her Top 5 War Movies + Giveaway!

Hope at Dawn by Stacy Henrie – Her Top 5 War Movies + Giveaway!Hope at Dawn by Stacy Henrie
Series: Of Love and War #1
Published by Forever on June 24th 2014
Genres: Adult, Christian, Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
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In a Time of War, Love is the Inspiration.

With her brothers away fighting the Great War overseas, Livy Campbell desperately wants to help her family. Her chance comes when she meets a handsome stranger who lands her a job as a teacher in a place far from her parents' farm. But the war casts a long shadow over the German-American town that Livy now calls home—and the darkness will test everything she thought she knew about family and love...

More than anything, Friedrick Wagner wants to be part of his adopted country's struggle for peace. But when the bitter animosity between Germans and Americans soon turns citizens against newcomers, friend against friend, he will do whatever it takes to protect Livy from the hysteria that grips their town. As tragedy—and dark secrets from the past—threaten their future, Friedrick and Livy have one chance to stand up for what's right...and one chance to fight for their love.


Top 5 War Movies


Gone with the Wind

The 39 Steps

The Book Thief


Life is Beautiful



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About Stacy Henrie

Stacy Henrie

Stacy Henrie has always had an avid appetite for history, fiction and chocolate. While she had a goal to write and publish a book one day, she turned her attentions first to graduating with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. Not long after, she switched from writing press releases and newsletters to writing inspirational historical romances as a stay-at-home mom. Stacy loves reading, interior decorating, romantic movies, and most of all, laughing with her husband and three kids. She appreciates the chance to live out history through her characters, while enjoying all the modern conveniences of life in the 21st century.

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